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fantasy on the Mexican waltz Sobre las Olas are in the Fleisher Collection
in Philadelphia. There is a detailed analysis of Huizar's music in Panorama
de la Musica Mexicana by Otto Mayer-Serra (Mexico, 1941).

The composer, Carlos JIMENEZ MABARAK, was educated in Belgium.
He studied music in Brussels, and upon his return to Mexico in 1937
began to compose. At that time Jimenez Mabarak was twenty-one years
old. His preference is for Mexican subjects, which he stylizes in the man-
ner of Manuel de Falla. He has written a monodrama for radio, Erigona,
a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, and several ballet suites, among
them La Muneca Pastillita (The Doll Pastillita). The orchestral scores
of two works by Jimenez Mabarak, El Sastrecillo y el Dueno (Little
Tailor and the Landlord) and a Rondo, are in the Fleisher Collection in

Jacobo KOSTAKOWSKY, a naturalized Mexican musician, was born in
Russia in 1893 and settled in Mexico in 1925. Kostakowsky studied violin
in Russia5 in 1908 he went to Vienna, where he took lessons in composition
with Schoenberg. Later he spent some time in Paris, where he attended
classes of Vincent d'Indy. Kostakowsky began to compose late in life;
all his major works date since 1935. His style is basically Russian, re-
flecting the lyricism of Tchaikovsky. His harmonic writing is opulent,
somewhat in the Mahler manner. Kostakowsky has written numerous
works for orchestra. In recent years he has adopted Mexican folklore as
thematic material for programmatic music and ballets. Several of his
works for chamber orchestra have been performed by the Orquesta de
Camara of the Secretariat of Public Education, at the Palacio de Bellas
Artes in Mexico City, namely: Clarin and Barricada, two ballets with
chorus, on the subject of the Mexican Revolution, in which Kostakowsky
quotes five revolutionary songs (August 26, 1935) 5 Estamyas Callejeras
(Street Sketches, January 22, 1937, Revueltas conducting) j Triangulo,
a ballet suite in four movements (December 9, 1937)3 Marimba, a
capriccio for piano and orchestra (September 6, 1939)5 and Sinfonietta
Tropical in four movements (November 6, 1941). Kostakowsky has also
written three symphonic poems, Taxco (1937), Juventud (1937), Lascas
(1938); a ballet, La Creadon del Hombre (1939)5 a symphonic suite
in four movements, El Romancero Gitano (1938) 5 Suite Neo-Romantica
(1941)5 Serenata (1941)5 Concertino for Violin and Orchestra (1940)5
and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1942)5 as well as two string